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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (30,619 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jennifer Weiner Narrator: Kate Baldwin, Rick Holmes Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Some bonds can never be broken…

Addie Downs and Valerie Adler will be best friends forever. That’s what Addie believes after Valerie moves across the street when they’re both nine years old. But in the wake of betrayal during their teenage years, Val is swept into the popular crowd, while mousy, sullen Addie becomes her school’s scapegoat.

Flash-forward fifteen years. Valerie Adler has found a measure of fame and fortune working as the weathergirl at the local TV station. Addie Downs lives alone in her parents’ house in their small hometown of La Prairie, Illinois, caring for a troubled brother and trying to meet Prince Charming on the Internet. She’s just returned from bad date number six, when she opens her door to find her long-gone best friend standing there with a terrified look on her face and blood on the sleeve of her coat. “Something horrible has happened,” Val tells Addie, “and you’re the only one who can help.”

Best Friends Forever is a grand, hilarious, edge-of-your-seat adventure; a story about betrayal and loyalty, family history and small-town secrets. It’s about living through tragedy, finding love where you least expect it, and the ties that keep best friends together.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Touching and true-to-life.”

    The Washington Post

  • “Riveting…Strong, poignant writing.”

    New York Post

  • “A smart, witty fairy tale for grown-ups.”

    Maureen Corrigan, NPR

  • “One of our favorite heroines of the summer…Another superlative novel by Weiner, about a big girl with a bigger heart, that will have women and men of all sizes cheering.”

    USA Today

  • “A hilarious caper, resplendent in charm and poignancy.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dina | 2/3/2014

    " This was my first Jennifer Weiner book, and while I did not entirely connect with the two main characters, I did enjoy her storytelling. My four star review is for her sense of humor and wonderful writing style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Marsha | 2/1/2014

    " Good story about Addie and Val - friends from high school who took different directions in life - Val comes back to ask for Addie's help after a mishap at their high school reunion "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Academicsupport | 1/25/2014

    " While researching Weiner's latest book, I realized that I had not noted that I read this book. I remember it as having entertaining characterization and action. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jenny Conatser | 1/3/2014

    " Just blah. The story was fine. The characters were fine. The writing was fine. Nothing about this book made it past "fine" for me. It seemed to try very hard to be sentimental, but never quite got there. It's hard to get mushy about people whose overall personalities are so flat and static. I've read better by Weiner. "

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